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Re: [IPk] Mimi L. Fleming <email @ redacted>



That sounds fantastic. I had heard there was some special concern about us
diving with diabetes, something to do with our small blood vessels. Is this
not so, is all the concern really about hypos?

Tony O'Sullivan
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wendy & Bill" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Sunday, January 04, 1998 12:01 PM
Subject: RE: [IPk] Mimi L. Fleming <email @ redacted>


> Hi Mimi,
>
> I have been a diabetic for 40 years and have been on the pump for the last
> 18 months.
> I am a Scuba Diver.
> I trained with B.S.A.C. (Britiah Sub Aqua Club)
> The training is VERY good and you have to have a special medical form
signed
> by your diabetic consultant saying that your diabetes is under control
This
> is so that you will not endanger your buddie or any other scuba diver.
Your
> buddy will have to have knowledge regarding diabetes and hypos etc. It is
> very time-consuming but you know that after all the hassle there will be
no
> problems whilst diving.
> I dive every weekend and do blood sugars before leaving the house and
again
> before getting on the boat and again before diving.  I make sure my blood
> sugars are high enough for any extra exercise I might have to endure
whilst
> on the dive (e.g. finning against strong currents etc.).
> You should get in touch with your nearest BSAC Club and go along to their
> social evening. (BSAC is a club which has all the members going to
meetings
> and social evenings to discuss their training and organising dive venues).
> The teaching is done through the club so friends are made and your diving
> buddies will know all about you !!!
> I am a BSAC Advanced Diver and love diving.  I found that the PADI courses
> do not allow diabetics to enrol and dive. (PADI divers do not require a
> medical).
> I have to have a diving medical each year but my colleagues only require
one
> every 3 or 5 years (depending on age).  BSAC have now agreed for their
> members to sign a declaration so that they do not now need a medical
> although I still have to have one.  I do not mind as it means that I can
> still dive and feel secure that neither myself or my buddies are in any
danger.
> Having a pump is the ideal way to dive as you can disconnect the pump
before
> diving and then do a blood sugar after getting back on the boat.  I
usually
> bolus on the way back to shore.
>
> WENDY
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